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maidservant

[meyd-sur-vuh nt] /ˈmeɪdˌsɜr vənt/
noun
1.
a female servant.
Origin of maidservant
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; maid + servant
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  • Meanwhile upon the greensward the maidservant was laying the table for supper.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • The scared face of a maidservant at that moment appeared at the head of the stairs.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • A caller in the person of a Mr. Pomeroy was announced by the maidservant.

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Then a maidservant ran into the hall and hurriedly said something, mentioning the princess.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Just then a knock came at their door and the maidservant handed a letter in.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • What's their maidservant or their manservant got to do with it, dad?

    The Man Next Door

    Emerson Hough
  • At this moment the door opened, and a maidservant announced tea.

    A Romantic Young Lady

    Robert Grant
  • I really would not have cared who it was, policeman, soldier, maidservant.

    Ghosts I Have Seen Violet Tweedale
  • I would be glad to be your maidservant; I could envy that boy Rowley.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for maidservant

maidservant

/ˈmeɪdˌsɜːvənt/
noun
1.
a female servant
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Word Origin and History for maidservant
n.

1520s, from maid (n.) + servant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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